§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
For the year ending 31 March 1979, the number of PSV licences granted by the traffic commissioners was 75,320.
§ Mr. Bevan
What annual reduction is expected in the number of licences to be issued by the traffic commissioners when the Transport Bill is enacted?
§ Mr. Clarke
The legislation will change the system. We shall go over to operators' licences. We shall not licence individual vehicles. The Act will improve the quality of transport services in many parts of the country. It will provide great opportunities to existing and new operators to develop their present services 495 and to introduce better services than are at present found in many areas.